Take-Two gets into indie publishing with Private Division label

Take-Two gets into indie publishing with Private Division label

18 months after saying that it was getting into the indie games market, Take-Two has finally announced its plans for the space.

As The games giant is launching a new publishing label to sit alongside Grand Theft Auto outfit Rockstar and Borderlands, BioShock and NBA firm 2K Games.

Dubbed Private Division, this is to be the home of Kerbal Space Program, which Take-Two purchased back ni May.

As well as that, an unannounced RPG from Obsidian, as well as a game from ex-DICE devs David Goldfarb and Ben Cousins' The Outsiders. None of these projects are going to be released until at least FY 2020.

“We have spent more than two years laying the groundwork for Private Division, building an experienced publishing team and signing projects with some the most respected and talented creative leaders in our industry,” said SVP and head of independent publishing at Take-Two said.

"We see a growing number of independent studios in our industry creating high-quality games based on new IP, and our focus is supporting these types of developers and projects, and ultimately bringing incredible experiences to gamers around the world.”

Based on the projects revealed, Private Division is aiming for more of a mid-tier level of quality as opposed to lo-fi indie games. The success of titles like Hellblade prove that it's possible to have a hit in this space.

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